Senate Panel Poised to Vote Against Backing Pompeo Nomination


While he was convinced Pompeo, who now heads the Central Intelligence Agency, would help improve conditions for career professionals at the State Department, "I remain concerned that Director Pompeo will not challenge the president in critical moments".

Democratic Senator Joe Manchin said on Monday he would vote to confirm Mike Pompeo as US secretary of state, becoming the second Democrat to declare support and making it more likely that Pompeo would secure the job.

Senator Chris Coons on Friday became the last Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to announce his position.

Democratic lawmakers are under pressure from their base to oppose the president, but some fear losing re-election over being labeled obstructionists. Now with Manchin and Donnelly's votes joining Heitkamp's, Pompeo can afford to lose two Republican votes and still be confirmed.

He could receive an unfavorable recommendation, which according to the Senate historian's office has never happened for a secretary of state nominee before.

After Mr Trump announced in a tweet in March that he was firing Mr Tillerson and nominating Mr Pompeo, his chances for confirmation were considered tenuous enough that 45Committee, an advocacy group that backs the President, began running commercials to press wavering Democratic senators in states that voted for Mr Trump to vote for his confirmation.

Pompeo has performed ably in his current job, with none of the gaffes or ethical lapses of some of Trump's other appointees. In sharp contrast with Tillerson, Pompeo knows well how to work with both Congress and the president - who trusts him so much he sent him on a secret mission to Pyongyang to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

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Coons said he anxious that Pompeo "will embolden, rather than moderate or restrain, President Trump's most belligerent and unsafe instincts".

"Obviously, he has the confidence of the president", said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

The first Democrat to signal support for Pompeo, Sen.

"Nothing could better underscore the importance of getting America's top diplomat in place for such a time as this", White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweeted.

Mike Pompeo could make history this week, but not necessarily in a good way. Paul met with Pompeo on Thursday, at Trump's request, but had no change in his position, the senator's spokesman said.

However, several key Democrats remain undecided, as does GOP Sen.

Schatz said he is voting against confirming Pompeo because he has "an alarming tendency towards military provocation and brinkmanship". "In the end, a secretary of state is a secretary of state whether by one vote or 100".